LIVE: Xiaoping Wang, 16, piano

January 27, 2018, 11:00 am

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Texas-born pianist Xiaoping Wang began his piano studies at age five with Dr. Oscar Macchioni at the University of Texas. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut at age seven performing Beethoven, and by age eight made his concerto debut with an orchestra performing a concerto by J.S. Bach. After moving to Chicago, he continued his studies with Meng-Chieh Liu, Brenda Huang, and Sandro Tsomaia. He also won Third Prize in the Sejong Music Competition in 2012.

In 2013, Xiaoping began studies with Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger and subsequently won Honorable Mention in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, and a $9,000 Full Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions in Piano in 2014, followed by a Second Prize in the 2015 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Xiaoping has also studied chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago, Midwest Young Artists, Montecito Music Festival in California and at the Summit Music Festival in New York.

In September 2015, he entered the Interlochen Arts Academy where he studies with Dr. T. J. Lymenstull, and he continues to study with Ms. Merdinger in Chicago. He has participated in master classes and has had additional lessons or coachings with Efrem Briskin, Vadim Monastirsky, Phillip Kawin, and Lydia Boguslavsky. In 2017, Xiaoping  performed Saint-Saëns’s Concerto No.2 with the FullScore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago, Illinois and with the Juarez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico. He also competed in several national and international competitions.


Sonata in C major, Op. 2 No. 3, by Ludwig van Beethoven
I. Allegro con brio

Années de pèlerinage (Première année: Suisse), by Franz Liszt 
VI. Vallée d’Obermann

Liebeslied, by Fritz Kreisler, arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff